Dignity Health holds heart health fair Feb. 7


Dignity Health will hold a heart health fair for women at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center on National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 7.

Complementary screenings, such as cholesterol testing, blood pressure and blood glucose level checks, weight and body mass index measurements and diet consultations, will be offered in the hospital’s Healing Garden from 8 a.m. to noon, according to a release.

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is at 3555 S. Val Vista Drive in Gilbert.

The goal of the heart health fair is to raise awareness about the signs, symptoms and risks associated with heart disease in an effort to sustain a healthy community in the east valley. In the U.S., approximately 43 million women are living with heart disease.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the U.S. Approximately one in four women will die of heart disease; however, most are unaware of the risks, the release states.

National Wear RED Day is part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign, which encourages people from across the nation to wear the color red on the first Friday in February to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.